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Week 9 Day 1 Genesis 42 Mark 13

23 March, 2015

Genesis 42

42 Now when Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, Why do you look at one another?

For, he said, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; get down there and buy [grain] for us, that we may live and not die.

So ten of Joseph’s brethren went to buy grain in Egypt.

But Benjamin, Joseph’s [full] brother, Jacob did not send with his brothers; for he said, Lest perhaps some harm or injury should befall him.

So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who came, for there was hunger and general lack of food in the land of Canaan. Even in Canaan, a region around 250 miles/400 kms away, there was famine and they recognised that Egypt had food.  Remember this is 13 years since Joseph has gone missing – his father has not forgotten that heartache.

Now Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was who sold to all the people of the land; and Joseph’s [half] brothers came and bowed themselves down before him with their faces to the ground.

Joseph saw his brethren and he recognized them, but he treated them as if he were a stranger to them and spoke roughly to them. He said, Where do you come from? And they replied, From the land of Canaan to buy food.

Joseph knew his brethren, but they did not know him.

And Joseph remembered the dreams he had dreamed about them and said to them, You are spies and with unfriendly purpose you have come to observe [secretly] the nakedness of the land.

10 But they said to him, No, my lord, but your servants have come [only] to buy food.

11 We are all one man’s sons; we are true men; your servants are not spies. And years later Joseph saw his dreams come to pass.

14 And Joseph said to them, It is as I said to you, You are spies.

15 You shall be proved by this test: by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go away from here unless your youngest brother comes here.

16 Send one of you and let him bring your brother, and you will be kept in prison, that your words may be proved whether there is any truth in you; or else by the life of Pharaoh you certainly are spies.

17 Then he put them all in custody for three days. Joseph is a very different man having lived a very different lifestyle in the prison and then moving up to Pharaoh’s court – he would look different, sound different and the brothers would have no reason to suspect that this Lord would have been the brother that they sold to the camel train so many years ago as a cocky teenager. So Joseph comes up with a plan to get the whole family to him.

18 And Joseph said to them on the third day, Do this and live! I reverence and fear God.

19 If you are true men, let one of your brothers be bound in your prison, but [the rest of] you go and carry grain for those weakened with hunger in your households.

20 But bring your youngest brother to me, so your words will be verified and you shall live. And they did so.

21 And they said one to another, We are truly guilty about our brother, for we saw the distress and anguish of his soul when he begged us [to let him go], and we would not hear. So this distress and difficulty has come upon us. At least now we understand how they feel about what they have done to Joseph.

22 Reuben answered them, Did I not tell you, Do not sin against the boy, and you would not hear? Therefore, behold, his blood is required [of us].

23 But they did not know that Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them through an interpreter.

24 And he turned away from them and wept; then he returned to them and talked with them, and took from them Simeon and bound him before their eyes. Joseph made sure they would see the consequence of their actions but had to hide his own emotions from them.  Even though his ultimate plan might be for all of their good it would have been a huge toll on his mental well being.  His mind would have been churning with possibilities, hopes and fears.

25 Then [privately] Joseph commanded that their sacks be filled with grain, every man’s money be restored to his sack, and provisions be given to them for the journey. And this was done for them.

26 They loaded their donkeys with grain and left.

27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he caught sight of his money; for behold, it was in his sack’s mouth.

28 And he said to his brothers, My money is restored! Here it is in my sack! And their hearts failed them and they were afraid and turned trembling one to another, saying, What is this that God has done to us? Now if you were struggling for food, food that would likely have cost more in famine than in feast, to have money returned like that would have been both blessing but also wondered if there was trickery involved.  They could potentially be accused of stealing from Pharaoh and imprisoned or killed.

29 When they came to Jacob their father in Canaan, they told him all that had befallen them

33 And the man, the lord of the country, said to us, By this test I will know whether or not you are honest men: leave one of your brothers here with me and take grain for your famishing households and be gone.

34 Bring your youngest brother to me; then I will know that you are not spies, but that you are honest men. And I will deliver to you your brother [whom I have kept bound in prison], and you may do business in the land.

35 When they emptied their sacks, behold, every man’s parcel of money was in his sack! When both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.  They had to face the truth – somehow their money had been put in their sacks of grain – how? why? And they still had to return to get Simeon out of prison or they would lose their second brother.

36 And Jacob their father said to them, You have bereaved me! Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and you would take Benjamin from me. All these things are against me!

37 And Reuben said to his father, Slay my two sons if I do not bring [Benjamin] back to you. Deliver him into my keeping, and I will bring him back to you.

38 But [Jacob] said, My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead and he alone is left [of his mother’s children]; if harm or accident should befall him on the journey you are to take, you would bring my hoary head down to Sheol (the place of the dead) with grief. Jacob pretty much spells it out for us here and he’s rightly devastated by what might happen – little does he know…

Mark 13

13 And as [Jesus] was coming out of the temple [[a]area], one of His disciples said to Him, Look, Teacher! Notice the sort and quality of these stones and buildings!

And Jesus replied to him, You see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be loosened and torn down. I have heard this referred to as Jesus and His crucifixion when the temple curtain is torn down or that Rome will demolish Jerusalem – which later happened.

And as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple [[b]enclosure], Peter and James and John and Andrew asked Him privately,

Tell us when is this to take place and what will be the sign when these things, all [of them], are about to be accomplished?

And Jesus began to tell them, Be careful and watchful that no one misleads you [about it].

Many will come in [[c]appropriating to themselves] the name [of Messiah] which belongs to Me [[d]basing their claims on the use of My name], saying, I am [He]! And they will mislead many.

And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not get alarmed (troubled and frightened); it is necessary [that these things] take place, but the end is not yet.

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines and calamities. This is but the beginning of the[e]intolerable anguish and suffering [only the first of the [f]birth pangs]. This is what was to come in Jesus and the disciple’s immediate future.

9 But look to yourselves; for they will turn you over to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake as a testimony to them.

10 And the good news (the Gospel) must first be preached to all nations.

11 Now when they take you [to court] and put you under arrest, do not be anxious beforehand about what you are to say [g]nor [even] meditate about it; but say whatever is given you in that hour and at [h]the moment, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

12 And brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; and children will take a stand against their parents and [have] them put to death.

13 And you will be hated and detested by everybody for My name’s sake, but he who patiently perseveres and endures to the end will be saved ([i]made a partaker of the salvation by Christ, and delivered [j]from spiritual death). Well that’s not a light fluffy pink picture of the future for them.  They would face hard times ahead.

14 But when you see the abomination of desolation mentioned by Daniel the prophet standing where it ought not to be—[and] let the one who reads take notice and consider and understand and heed [this]—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

15 Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house nor go inside to take anything out of his house;

16 And let him who is in the field not turn back again to get his mantle (cloak).

17 And alas for those who are pregnant and for those who have nursing babies in those days!

18 Pray that it may not occur in winter,

19 For at that time there will be such affliction (oppression and tribulation) as has not been from the beginning of the creation which God created until this particular time—and [k]positively never will be [again].

20 And unless the Lord had shortened the days, no human being would be saved (rescued); but for the sake of the elect, His chosen ones (those whom He [l]picked out for Himself), He has shortened the days.  It’s almost as if this tidal wave of what will happen in the world will escalate.  Whether it has all happened – there have been enough calamities in the world where each age must have wondered if the hell that they faced would be the time Jesus would return.  I know many people today believe it to be coming soon but surely those in the dark ages, during the war, during the Irish famine would have also thought their immediate conflict would precipitate the end.

21 And then if anyone says to you, See, here is the Christ (the Messiah)! or, Look, there He is! do not believe it.

22 False Christs (Messiahs) and false prophets will arise and show signs and [work] miracles to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (those God has chosen out for Himself).

23 But look to yourselves and be on your guard; I have told you everything beforehand.

24 But in those days, after [the affliction and oppression and distress of] that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;

25 And the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great (kingly) power and glory (majesty and splendor).

27 And then He will send out the angels and will gather together His elect (those He has [m]picked out for Himself) from the four winds, from the farthest bounds of the earth to the farthest bounds of heaven. We’ve had that in the past, now, as much as ever, we have healers, miracles but whether they have called themselves the messiah or not I don’t know – prophets – sure – Budda, Joseph Smith, Jones – and there would, no doubt be many others.

28 Now learn a lesson from the fig tree: as soon as its branch becomes tender and it puts forth its leaves, you recognize and know that summer is near.

29 So also, when you see these things happening, you may recognize and know that He is near, at [the very] door.

30 Surely I say to you, this generation ([n]the whole multitude of people living at that one time) positively will not perish or pass away before all these things take place. Again, I don’t pretend to know if Jesus is talking about His immediate future or our future.

31 Heaven and earth will perish and pass away, but My words will not perish or pass away.

32 But of that day or that hour not a [single] person knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

33 Be on your guard [constantly alert], and watch [o]and pray; for you do not know when the time will come.

34 It is like a man [[p]already] going on a journey; when he leaves home, he puts his servants in charge, each with his particular task, and he gives orders to the doorkeeper to be constantly alert and on the watch.

35 Therefore watch (give strict attention, be cautious and alert), for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming—in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning—

36 [Watch, I say] lest He come suddenly and unexpectedly and find you asleep.

37 And what I say to you I say to everybody: Watch (give strict attention, be cautious, active, and alert)! And that is all we can do – be watchful and continue to have faith in Jesus and God – or at the very least search for truth if you aren’t convinced yet.

Selah

 

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